Starbucks says it will phase out plastic straws by 2020.
Today, the largest coffee company states that it will refuse to use disposable plastic tubing in more than 28,000 coffee shops by making lids without tubes. This step will allow abandoning the use of more than one billion plastic tubes a year. Moreover, caps without straws will be used for coffee with ice, tea, and espresso. At the moment, covers are available in more than 8 thousand coffee houses in the US and Canada. Also, tubes of alternative materials, in particular paper or a biodegradable plastic, will be available at the request of customers.
“For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks.